Three games were played in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and another in the Superior International Jr. Hockey League as playoffs in both loops progressed on Friday.
• More than 950 fans made their way into venerable McIntyre Arena to watch the hometown Timmins Rock take a two games to none lead in its best-of-seven, NOJHL East Division semi-final with a 2-0 blanking of the French River Rapids. Defensemen Cameron Dutkiewicz and Carson Cox scored for Timmins and Gavin McCarthy was Rock solid with a 30-save shutout.
• Powassan Voodoos evened their East Division set with Hearst at 1-1 by virtue of a 4-3 win over the Lumberjacks. Ben White’s third period goal was the game winner for Powassan, which got 46 saves from Alex Bugeja.
• Gabe Rosek made 43 saves and Alex Freund connected for the winning goal at 1:59 of overtime as the Soo Eagles took a 1-0 lead in their NOJHL West Division semi with the Sudbury Cubs with 4-3 triumph. A crowd of 726 fans took in the match at Pillar Stadium in the Michigan Soo as the visiting Cubs out-shot the Eagles by a 47-27 margin.
• Over to the SIJHL, hustling forward Trenton Morriseau scored at 14:49 of overtime to lift the Kam River Fighting Walleye to a frantic 2-1 finish over the cross-town Thunder Bay North Stars. Austin Madge made 59 saves for Kam River, which took a 2-0 semi-final series lead in front of a partisan crowd of 826 at fan-friendly Norwest Arena. Jordan Smith was spectacular in defeat for Thunder Bay with 52 saves.